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Claude Monet Paintings 1873-1878


La Gare Saint-Lazare. Les signaux by Claude Monet
Claude Monet's La Gare Saint-Lazare. Les signaux                              (25-5/8x32-1/8 inches) is an oil on canvas housed                                            at the Niedersachsisches Landesmuseum                                            in Hannover, Germany.
Claude Monet's La Gare Saint-Lazare. Les signaux (25-5/8x32-1/8 inches) is an oil on canvas housed at the Niedersachsisches Landesmuseum in Hannover, Germany.

Claude Monet painted La Gare Saint-Lazare. Les signaux in 1877. Monet rented a small apartment in Paris to have ready access to the Saint-Lazare train station, where he planned to set up his easel on the platforms and the adjacent streets as the trains pulled in and out.

The thick air that surrounded the station made a striking contrast to the clarity of the country atmosphere in which he usually worked. To Monet, the smoky fog was the source of magnificent color variation, but one critic complained that the pink and purple smoke transformed the scene into an illegible scrawl.

Continue to the next page to learn about Monet's La Gare Saint-Lazare, another look at the train station.

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